My niece works in this very building, as posted yesterday. She took a few photos from her mobile phone:
Now another group is here protesting the Canadian Consulate. Check out the fake pipeline made out of garbage bags on the right hand side of the picture. Hilarious. They need to hire a PR firm.
About 75 protesters marched Thursday afternoon from President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters to three consulates of countries that belong to NATO, protesting the alliance’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan and other military action.
As the demonstration began about noon, protesters lined up on a sidewalk near 130 E. Randolph Street as about a dozen Chicago police officers cordoned off Prudential Plaza by standing behind their bicycles.
See Video: Protesting the Canadian Pipeline
Chicago authorities brace for NATO summit
Caroline Herzenberg, 80, of Chicago, sits on the steps of Prudential 2 Plaza with other protesters against NATO and the use of drones on Thursday May 17, 2012. “I’m just a sympathetic citizen,” Herzenberg said. (William DeShazer/Chicago Tribune)
From the NYT :
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CHICAGO — Foreign delegations are to arrive in this city over the weekend for a NATO summit meeting, the first such gathering to be held in the United States outside of Washington, and Chicago is bracing for all that will bring: thousands of international dignitaries, reporters and others; protesters from around the country; road closings and possible train delays — and what amounts to a significant trial for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, one year into his leadership of the nation’s third-largest city.
Protesters perform an “oily die-in” in front of the Canadian Consulate on East Lake Street as they rally against a pipeline that would bring Canadian tar sands for refining in the U.S. — Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2012
For some, the prospect of unrest in Chicago and a heavy police presence stirred memories of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.- AP
Chicago Convention The Whole World is Watching 1968
Aaron Hughes, who served in the Illinois Army National Guard, holds up the medals he earning serving in Iraq. These Iraq Veterans Against the War said they will return their Global War on Terror medals to NATO generals, a spokesperson said at a press conference at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. — Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2012
While a member of the National Guard is protecting him…
Captain Dustin Cammack of the Illinois National Guard talks on the phone at his workstation at a multi-agency communications center in suburban Chicago. The center was created as a communications hub for all the federal, state and local agencies involved with the NATO Summit. — Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2012